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Health Hazards Special Emphasis Program

SEP: Occupational Exposure to Health Hazards

Purpose and Scope

Purpose and Scope

What are the goals of the health hazards special emphasis program (SEP)?

  • Conduct emphasis inspection, training and consultation activity in establishments where employees might be exposed to health hazards such as lead, silica, asbestos, hexavalent chromium and isocyanates.

What industries are covered by this SEP?

  • General industry establishments and construction worksites where employees may be exposed to one or more of the following substances:

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What are the principal hazard categories on which this SEP is focused?

Injuries and illnesses attributed to the substances covered by this SEP are the result of one or more of the following health effects:

  • Eye and skin irritation

  • Eye and skin corrosion

  • Chemical hypersensitization

  • Acute toxicity

  • Chronic toxicity

  • Carcinogenicity

Regulations

Regulations

What regulations apply to this SEP?

OSH has adopted the following regulations that govern the requirements for protection against the hazards associated with occupational exposure to health hazards:

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more about this SEP?

OPN 135, Special Emphasis Programs for Health Hazards, describes the conduct of inspections and associated activities under this SEP. Additional resource information can be found on the A-Z safety and health topics pages for asbestos, lead, silica, hexavalent chromium, and isocyanates.